Hannover Messe 2016: CENTERSIGHT IoT platform now speaks OPC UA

Device Insight is supercharging the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things universe can only develop fully in the absence of barriers. That is why Device Insight continues to back open standards for its CENTERSIGHT IoT platform. With the support of the OPC UA industry standard, the Munich-based company is putting the industry revolution into overdrive: faster data queries and manufacturer-independent machine communications. Device Insight will be demonstrating how this will simplify the integration of machine data at Hannover Messe (April 25-29), in Hall 7 at Stand D28.

Symbolbild: Device Insight auf der Hannover Messe 2016

To understand the benefits of the OPC UA standard, it is best to go back to its origins: the OPC Classic (OLE for Process Control) predecessor was the first to make it possible to acquire machine and plant data across bus systems and protocols. The protocol accelerated industrial engineering processes tremendously. OPC UA, the successor technology, not only contains a modern communications protocol, but also represents a unified architecture. This gives IoT providers new areas of application which will soon be in high demand in the context of IoT and Industry 4.0.

Connected machines communicate based on standards

Clear benefits can be expected from Device Insight’s integration of the OPC UA stack into its CENTERSIGHT IoT platform. In the Industry 4.0 environment there is no other interface with such comprehensive support by manufacturers and such far-reaching functionality. OPC UA is a unified and extensible architecture which makes it possible to query historical and current data, identify and search machine topologies and send machine configurations and control commands. The standard provides modern security mechanisms and is also suitable for connecting to remote cloud-based systems, such as IoT platforms, thanks to efficient data encoding.

Thomas Stammeier, CTO at Device Insight, explains the opportunities offered by OPC UA implementation: “OPC UA is far more than a universal and flexible interface. We’re talking about a unified architecture which helps us to seamlessly integrate our IoT platform with Industry 4.0 applications. As market demands are rising rapidly, we expect demand for OPC UA to grow correspondingly. We want to be trailblazers and are integrating the open industry standard with our CENTERSIGHT IoT platform.

As our architecture is standard-compliant, we can differentiate ourselves clearly from isolated solutions. The broad functionality of OPC UA, the unified data model and up-to-date security mechanisms enable us to implement high-performance Internet of Things solutions efficiently.”

Visitors to Hannover Messe can experience CENTERSIGHT live at the Device Insight stand D28 in Hall 7 (joint stand with Bitkom) from April 25-29.

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